My name is Carolina, I am 19 years old, and I have participated in the Community Schools program for 11 years. I’ve been in the Discovery Club, Communications Club, English Club, Cosmetology Club, Debate Club, and Glee Club. The program has changed my life and has made me a better person.
Two of the most important things the clubs have taught me are to capitalize on my abilities and how to become a true leader. Through the program, I have discovered that I have the potential to impact the lives of others in the same way the positive role models that led my clubs have done with me.
The program has also helped me to set goals and dreams. In my family, no one has gone to college. We hadn’t even dreamt of that, but today I am in my second year, pursuing a marketing degree on a scholarship at the renown University of Central America (UCA). I would have never imagined anything like this for myself before joining the clubs. Now I know it’s possible to dream and, more importantly, to achieve those dreams.
After being in the clubs for so long, I’ve learned that the role I admire most is that of volunteers. Since I was small, I remember watching them and thinking, “ I want to be like them, I want to inspire others like they do.” Today, I’m a Student Leader of my favorite club — the Discovery Club, and knowing that I can make a difference in the lives of the youngest children, like other volunteers did with me, fills my heart with joy.
The COVID-19 pandemic has also posed significant challenges for me and my family, but I was pleased to know that Glasswing is always there to support us. The school coordinator helps us with homework, as it is now more difficult to do it. In addition, I participated in the Cybersecurity course at the United States Embassy and I have learned to be more careful in the virtual environment.
My family and I have had to face significant challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but I feel so fortunate that we have been supported by Glasswing. Our school coordinator helps us with homework, as it is harder to do it now. I was also given the opportunity to participate in the Cybersecurity course organized by the United States Embassy and I’ve learned to be more mindful in virtual environments.